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Ronan Michael is the only Irish professional player in Super League in the last decade.

Rewind a few years. No one tells it like he does. It was two months out from his Leaving Cert. Ronan Michael was rugby mad. Loved playing. Loved the g(...)

Could Johnny Sexton soon be trying to land a 50 - 22 kick? Photograph: Matteo Ciambelli/Inpho

While we are all immersed in the Six Nations, there’s something afoot Down Under. In what are termed efforts to make the game more spectacular and qui(...)

Dr Barry O’Driscoll   believes the present concussion protocols in rugby union are there for commercial reasons.

“It has got worse since I resigned,” says Dr Barry O’Driscoll, the former medical adviser to World Rugby who stepped down in 2012 to protest against t(...)

A mural to honour the medics currently helping to fight Covid-19 is seen in Melbourne, Australia. Photo: Robert Cianflone/Getty Images

Last Thursday was a bad day for Melbourne. It recorded its’ highest single-day increase in new Covid-19 cases since the start of the pandemic. A stage(...)

Health advice notices are seen at Sydney International Airport. Photograph:  Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images

I have just won a clean sweep in a two-test series. Those pesky New Zealanders remain tricky opponents but in these last two tests I was up against a(...)

Eddie Jones didn’t hold back when asked about the All Blacks’ production line. Photograph: Getty Images

Eddie returns to NZ TV Our funniest jokes tend to be the harshest because they illuminate uncomfortable truths. The coronavirus, which apparently di(...)

English RFU chief Bill Sweeney says rugby league’s experience could not be ignored. Photograph: Getty Images

English RFU chief Bill Sweeney has pointed to the success of rugby league to show that union could work as a summer sport. Sweeney is a member of the(...)

Munster have been forced to pause the renewals of their season tickets for 2020-21. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Munster face the worst of the financial crisis caused by provinces being forced to cancel season tickets for 2020/21. An outstanding IRFU loan of €6.(...)

Scrums are again  a blight on the game. We need to see a return to the excellent laws from the 1980s, when penalty kicks at goal were not allowed from scrum infringements. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

The mythology surrounding rugby’s conception states that in 1823 at Rugby School, during a game of soccer, a student named William Webb Ellis, picked (...)

Michael Kiernan scores a drop goal to win the Triple Crown for Ireland in their match against England at Lansdowne Road in 1985. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Grand Slams went beyond the consciousness of children in the 1980s – unseen heroics by Karl Mullen and Jack Kyle – but Triple Crowns were known artefa(...)

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